Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking

CELT, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit educational corporation, international in scope, whose members believe in the principles of education for democracy with a focus on natural language learning and inquiry.  These principles are supported by beliefs in learners and learning, teachers and teaching, and language and curriculum.  The members of CELT are dedicated to the improvement of education through a greater understanding of the relationship between language, thought, and learning.

  CELT includes a rich diversity of people who share similar beliefs about language and learning but have widely varied background experiences.  CELT members are university educators, independent consultants, school administrators, and teachers.

Whom does CELT serve?

Drawing from a membership of expert consultants, CELT builds and sends a qualified team of educational professionals to collaborate with individual schools, school systems, colleges, professional organizations, teachers, parents, and other community organizations.  Together, realistic goals and levels of commitment are planned in areas relating to the expansion of language and thinking and inquiry-centered teaching.

What does CELT do?

CELT offers consultation, workshop services, and long-range professional development to parents, teachers, school districts, colleges, and the public on topics such as the following:

  • Integrating curriculum through themes and cycles of inquiry
  • Curriculum and learning contexts for students with special needs
  • Creating community in a democratic classroom
  • Alternative evaluation
  • Teacher research
  • Rethinking teacher education
  • Collaborative projects between universities and schools
  • Professional development; school restructuring
  • Political issues of schools and teaching
  • Transformative potential of language and learning for both teachers and students
  • Whole language instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, and other sign systems
  • Miscue analysis
  • Curriculum planning and program evaluation
  • Language and learning across the curriculum
  • Literacy development for all ages
  • Learning about language. Teaching for strategy development
  • Examining the processes of reading, writing, and talking
  • Multicultural and multilingual issues and educational programs
  • Parent and community education
  • Children's literature, literature discussions, and literature in the curriculum

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